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Sport in the United States is as important to American culture, as food is to the functioning of the human body. In fact, some may even say it is a religion, worshiped by avid and passionate fans from across the world.
The sporting world in the US is dominated by the four major leagues of football, baseball, basketball and hockey, and this is apparent in the home, in the education system and on the field.
So what’s all the big fuss about? Check out our Guide to US Sports to find out!
In the meantime, here’s a sneak peak…
Known simply as football or gridiron, American Football is quintessential to any sporting experience in the US.
The NFL is the highest level of professional American Football in the United States and is played between two teams of 11.
The objective of the game is to score points by advancing the ball into the opposing team’s end zone. It involves a lot of running, throwing and tackling and is largely a spectator sport.
Baseball in America is almost as standard to the common household as bread and milk. This bat-and-ball sport is played between two teams of nine players each, with the aim of the game to touch four bases arranged at the corners of a diamond before returning to the original place of play.
Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of professional baseball in the US and is comprised of 30 teams, with 29 in the US and one in Canada.
Basketball is one of America’s favorite team sports in which two teams of five score points by throwing a ball through the top of a basketball hoop. The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the pre-eminent men’s professional basketball league of America and consists of 30 clubs, 29 of which are in the US, with one in Canada.
This family of sports is played in teams in which the aim of the game is to maneuver a ball or puck into the opponent’s goal by using a hockey stick. The sport itself comes in many forms and can be played as field hockey, ice hockey, roller hockey, sledge hockey and street hockey.
Ice Hockey is incredibly popular in the US and is largely associated with the National Hockey League (NHL); an organization considered the premiere professional ice hockey league in the world. The league is currently comprised of 30 teams across the US and Canada.
Want to find out more about America’s favorite past time. Check out our Guide to US Sports.
Here at Jurnii we like our things odd. In fact, we have dedicated an entire series of blogs to the weirdest, wackiest and most wonderful attractions of the US.
Now, we’ve taken it one step further and have branched out to strange festivals. Sure, attractions are nice and interesting to look at, but a festival allows you to immerse yourself in the weird and wacky and make your strangest fantasies a reality.
So why not take a look at our brand new guide to America’s Oddest Festivals? But in the meantime, here’s a taste of what you can expect:
Tattoo-clad bodies unite each year in Tampa at the annual Tattoofest to compare ink and add to their collection. This festival attracts a rare kind of crowd, but don’t let that deter you. With competitions and entertainment throughout the day, there is enough to keep visitors amused for hours.
Not a fan of fruitcake? Well there’s no better way to get rid of it than at the annual Fruitcake Toss festival in Manitou Springs. Either throw or catapult the damn thing as far as you can, before checking out the art show or taking part in a relay.
International Rotten Sneaker Contest
Definitely one of America’s more strange festivals, the Rotten Sneaker Contest allows participants to content for the smelliest shoes, with the winner having their prized possessions placed in the prestigious “Hall of Fume”.
Interstate Mullet Toss
If you get your kicks throwing fish around, boy is this festival perfect for you. Competition heats up every year in April, where the person who can throw a one-and-a-half-pound fish the furthest, wins the title of the day!
World Cow Chip Throwing Contest
Cow chip throwing is a popular past time throughout the state of Oklahoma but the concentration of experts can be found within the town of Beaver. The stories you will hear are all true, so when you visit be prepared to duck to avoid the need for facial reconstruction.
Pillow Fighting World Championships
While it may not be your traditional pillow fighting, it’s still a hell of a lot of fun. This festival is all about getting dirty…literally. Throw in some pillows, good food and hilarious entertainment and you’ve got yourself one festival you really don’t want to miss.
Intrigued? Check out Jurnii’s guide to America’s Oddest Festivals to find out more!
RV vacations can be a lot of fun and finding new places to camp is often a fresh and interesting experience. There are plenty things to consider before you head off on your vacation, but we’ve narrowed it down to the top 8 just for our Jurnii readers!
1. Get to RV Site Early
There is nothing worse than rocking up to an RV Park or campground and there being no sites left. To avoid this, rock up early, or better yet, call in advance to book your spot.
2. Do you really need a powered site?
Powered sites with hook-ups generally cost more, so if you don’t need to recharge your vehicle’s batteries, stick with a non-powered site.
3. How far away is the bathroom?
When choosing a site to park your RV for the night, think about its proximity to the facilities. If your RV is not equipped with a shower and toilet, it may be handy to be near the bathroom facilities of the RV Park to avoid long, walks in the dark in the middle of the night.
4. When to leave?
Have some courtesy for fellow RV travelers and try to keep leaving (and arrival) times to a reasonable hour. If you are like me, packing up your RV can be quite a noisy process (especially if you are doing it with someone else), and sites are generally close together, meaning your neighbors will hear everything.
5. Leave enough room for others
Since RVing is so popular now, you should expect RV Parks to generally be filled to capacity. So if you rock up to your site early and there aren’t many RVs nearby, keep in mind that there will be later, so stay within the bounds of your site.
6. Know your sizes
RV sites (and RVs in general) vary in size so it’s a good idea to know the dimensions of your vehicle before organizing your site. After all, you don’t want to end up with a site that’s too small, or pay for one that is just too big.
7. Boondocking? Power up first!
Boondocking is one of the most popular ways to travel in an RV and involves camping with no hook-ups (or many facilities for that matter). If you are planning on doing some of this on your trip, you will need to power up every few days, so make sure to book some powered sites along the way.
8. Stock up on Supplies at Supermarkets
Got the munchies and after some snack food? Save some money and stock up at the supermarket instead of buying snacks individually at gas stations.
Got any other top tips? Let us know about them in the comments below.